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Crunchyroll Announces Junji Ito, “One Piece”, and more for Virtual Expo

Crunchyroll has announced the latest round of guests and panels for Virtual Crunchyroll Expo including legendary horror manga artist Junji Ito, alongside guests from One Piece, and The Rising of the Shield Hero, among many others.

Junji Ito will attend V-CRX to give fans a glimpse into the lives of Yon & Mu, the beloved cats of the horror manga artist.

The lineup for the “Professional Athletes of Anime” panel was also revealed, which will be hosted by Jacki Jing and will include Aries Merritt, Olympic Gold Medalist for Team USA in track and field, Cole Anthony, a rising star in the American basketball scene currently playing point guard for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and Miro, streamer and professional wrestler (previously wrestling for WWE under the name Rusev).

The event will also feature a discussion with the creative staff behind The Rising of the Shield Hero including Keigo Koyanagi (Series Composition), Masahiro Suwa (Character Design), and Junichiro Tamura (Producer). The panel will feature special messages to fans from voice actors Sarah Emi Bridcutt (Myne), Kaito Ishikawa (Naofumi Iwatani), Asami Seto (Raphtalia), and Rina Hidaka (Filo), along with a very special announcement!

In even more exciting news, the expo will be bringing fans an exciting “One Piece” panel from Toei Animation, featuring Japanese voice actors Mayumi Tanaka (Monkey D. Luffy), Kazuya Nakai (Roronoa Zoro), Ikue Otani (Tony Tony Chopper) and Hiroaki Hirata (Vinsmoke Sanji).

Crunchyroll Games will also be showcasing a slate of special guests to V-CRX including Masayuki Yamaigishi (Yama-P), the NextNinja CEO and producer of Crunchyroll Games title “Grand Summoners,” Erik, Global Lead of “Grand Summoners,” Kensuke Mita, Producer of NARUTO X BORUTO NINJA TRIBES from Bandai Namco Entertainment, and David Cai, Co-Founder of Gaudium, the studio behind the upcoming Crunchyroll Game, Grand Alliance.

Additional guests being formally announced today include character designer Miho Tanino (Tower of God), voice actress and singer Minori Chihara (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Violet Evergarden), and musician TeddyLoid.

The complete schedule for V-CRX can be found here. Panels will be available to stream live in the Theater District at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, and will be uploaded to the V-CRX On-Demand section periodically throughout the weekend. International registration for V-CRX is open at, and the global anime community is encouraged to sign up for a free pass for this year’s event to catch all the action.

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo will have a series of districts available for fan enjoyment: the Theater District will house panels, premieres, and screenings; the Super Arcade will house fan activations and activities (including an Onyx Equinox scavenger hunt, MAPPA gallery tour, and Yuzu’s Cat Cafe, among others); the Anime Arts District will be home to the V-CRX artist alley, and the Central Shopping District will house the exhibitor hall.

The event will be streaming from September 4-6 only on


  • Kori is an entertainment writer and Managing Editor at the Fandomentals. In her spare time, she is a fragrance and watch enthusiast, lover of Eurovision, and Yanni devotee. Find her on Instagram at @fmkori


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